VIII - Judges

• Judges from around the world can participate in TIC Americas Semi-Finals and Finals evaluating Teams.

• Judges will be experienced, bilingual or multilingual professionals (English/Spanish/ Portuguese/French) with ample qualifications to carry out the judging of business/project plans and other materials submitted by Teams of TIC Americas.

• Judges in both Semi-Finals and Finals phases will evaluate and score the projects according to the judging criteria and templates in these Rules and Terms of Reference.

• Judges will provide feedback from the Semi-Finals and Finals to assist the participating teams in identifying areas for improvement.

• Judges agree to score Teams fully and impartially based on the technical quality and presentation of the business/project plan and the Team's performance during the competition and without regard to nationality, age, education, race, gender or other discriminatory factors.

• All judges agree to terms of confidentiality prior to judging the business/project plans, and they agree to abide by the TIC Americas Rules and Terms of Reference established and published by YABT and PepsiCo.

• Under any circumstance, mentors of participating teams can be judges. Mentors and judges cannot represent the same institution or organization.

• YABT and PepsiCo will appoint a Virtual Evaluation Committee to coordinate the work of the judges and the review process during the semi-finals and finals.

• Judges will participate on a voluntary basis and will not be paid by the Team, by YABT and PepsiCo or any other TIC Americas sponsors.